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Leadership Dinner: Judy Miner and Thuy Nguyen

Photos of Judy C. Miner and Thuy Nguyen
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 -
5:30pm to 8:00pm

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Dine with inspiring leaders from various industries and organizations. At Leadership Dinners, you will interact with proven leaders and a small group of graduate students over dinner at the Faculty Club.  

Judy Miner, chancellor, Foothill-De Anza Community College District

Judy C. Miner is the chancellor of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District. She has worked as a higher education administrator since 1977 and in the California Community Colleges since 1979. She has held numerous administrative positions in instruction, student services, and human resources at several California Community Colleges and most recently served as president of Foothill College from 2007 to 2015.

Miner is on the Lone Mountain College alumni board, NOVA Workforce Board, and the advisory boards for the Los Altos Library Endowment and the Pebble Beach Authors and Ideas Festival. She is also on the Board of Trustees of University of San Francisco and the Board of Trustees of the Bay Area Council Economic Institute. For several years Miner was an expert advisor to Hewlett Packard and the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME) for their Silicon Valley initiative aimed at increasing enrollments of underrepresented students in computer science. Nationally, she serves on the Board of Directors for Year Up and the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for the League for Innovation in the Community College. From 2010-2018, she served on the Board of Directors of the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and from 2013-19, the Board of Directors of the American Council on Education (ACE), serving as board chair in 2017-18.  She is an inaugural board member of the Hope Center for College, Community and Justice founded by Sara Goldrick-Rab at Temple University.

A tireless advocate for professional development and succession planning for higher education leaders, Miner serves on the faculty of the Executive Leadership Academy of the Center for Studies in Higher Education at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Leading Change Institute of the Council on Library and Information Resources. In 2011, under the auspices of President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), she served on the Working Group that produced the Report to the President, Engage to Excel: Producing One Million Additional College Graduates with Degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. 

She earned both her Bachelor of Arts degree and Master of Arts degree from Lone Mountain College in San Francisco. She earned her Doctor of Education degree in organization and leadership with a concentration in education law from the University of San Francisco. She also holds honorary degrees from Imperial Valley College (CA) and Palo Alto University (CA).


Thuy Nguyen, president, Foothill College

Thuy Nguyen is the seventh President of Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, California. Nguyen became the first Vietnamese American college president in the country in July 2016.

Previously, Nguyen served as interim general counsel for the California Community College’s Chancellor’s Office.  As overseer of equal employment opportunity plans for 72 community college districts and 113 colleges, she led the move to an innovative funding approach that encourages community colleges to assess and strengthen their efforts in equal employment opportunity. For over eleven years, Nguyen was the General Counsel for the Peralta Community College District.  At different points during her tenure at Peralta, she served in additional roles as Acting Vice Chancellor for Human Resources, District-wide Strategic Planning Manager, and legislative liaison.  From January to June 2015, Nguyen took temporary leave from Peralta CCD to serve as Interim President and Chief Executive Officer of the Community College League of California.

Nguyen is the founding board chair of California L.A.W. Pathway, a non-profit organization that coordinates the unprecedented statewide 2+2+3 Community College Pathway to Law School program that Nguyen initiated with the State Bar of California’s Council on Access and Fairness. She also helped spearhead a Spanish language court interpreter program at Peralta. In 2016, Nguyen received the coveted Diversity Award from the State Bar of California, an award given to an individual who has helped diversify the legal profession. Nguyen was an adjunct instructor teaching education law for several years at what is now California State University, East Bay.  She was a board president of the Marcus Foster Education Institute, which promotes excellence and educational opportunity in East Bay and San Francisco public schools.

Nguyen co-published a book, “25 Vietnamese Americans in 25 Years,” showcasing the contributions of 25 distinguished Vietnamese Americans to mark the anniversary of the fall of Saigon. The book is archived in the Library of Congress and available at the Viet Museum in San Jose and many public and university libraries across the country.

In 2002, Thuy was listed among “30 Most Influential Asian Americans Under 30” nationally by Rainmaker Political Group (  In 2007, she was named one of eighteen “Best Lawyers Under 40” in the country by the National Asian American Bar Association. On July 4, 2017, Nguyen was honored as part of the Carnegie Corporation’s “Great Immigrants” tribute in the New York Times. In 2019, Nguyen was named “100 Women of Influence” by Silicon Valley Business Journal and awarded Assembly Member Evan Low’s "Leadership in Public Service” award for Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month.  Also in 2019, she was named the top 15 community college presidents in the country to follow in Twitter.

Nguyen earned her B.A. in Philosophy from Yale University and her Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, where she was a member of the inaugural class of the Public Interest Law and Policy Program.  Nguyen is a Rotarian and a Paul and Daisy Soros for New Americans Fellow.


Please Note:
Leadership Dinners have limited seating. If you are accepted you must confirm your place by submitting a Student Participation Fee Agreement, which authorizes VPGE to charge $50 to your Stanford bill – only if you do not fully participate in the event.

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